December 26th, 2012 by Romona Paden
As 2013 approaches, it’s a good time to check the expiration date of your Green Card so that you can plan your green card renewal process.
If your Green Card has already expired, file form I-90, the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card today.
As a Green Card holder, you have the authorization by the U.S. government to live and work as a permanent resident. You can get a Green Card through various methods. The most common are family-based Green Cards and employment-based Green Cards. Still, the process of getting a Green Card is long and difficult for most. Having one is a great benefit, so it’s only right to make sure it’s up-to-date.
Although Green cards were once valid forever, they are currently only valid for a period of 10 years. You expiration date is near the bottom of your card.
You are able to renew your card as early as six months before it officially expires. Remember that your Green Card serves as proof that you are a lawful permanent resident. If you do not renew your Green Card, you will surely have a hard time when applying for a new job or scholarships and when looking to travel out of the country.
It is not worth the hassle. You should renew as quickly as possible.